Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage comes to Glyndebourne

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River Cottage is coming to Glyndebourne Festival for 2018

River Cottage will offer innovative and ethically sourced picnics and a pop-up delicatessen for visitors to the 2018 Glyndebourne Festival, which opens to public booking on Sunday 4 March.

The internationally renowned Glyndebourne Festival takes place every year from May to August offering a programme of six operas, performed in a 1,200 seat state-of-the-art auditorium. Dining is an essential part of the Glyndebourne experience, most famously the tradition of picnicking in the gardens of the opera house, an option which the River Cottage collaboration is designed to complement.

Pioneering food brand River Cottage was founded in 1999 by campaigner and food writer Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, and is widely admired for its commitment to seasonal, ethically produced food.

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall says: ‘We are delighted to be collaborating with our friends at Glyndebourne and it’s been a real pleasure to develop our River Cottage summer menus for their guests. We are setting up a delicatessen as well as creating two fantastic seasonal picnic menus over the summer. The first of these embraces the best produce of May and June; this will be followed by a menu to reflect the bounty of July and August. Among other delights, we are serving up ham hock and hazelnut Chelsea buns, Sussex ricotta and spinach sausage rolls, potted smoked mackerel, English spelt salad packed with herbs and toasted seeds and puddings of lemon and elderflower posset and summer fruit brioche. Please join us and feast well in good conscience.’

Photo: Matt Austin

Gus Christie, Glyndebourne Executive Chairman says: ‘We’re thrilled to be working with Hugh and the team at River Cottage. Not only will they deliver delicious picnics to our audiences, but they also share our belief in reducing environmental impact through their holistic approach to the way they source and deliver their produce.’

Photo: Matt Austin

Glyndebourne and River Cottage HQ share a commitment to low carbon and low energy business operations. Since 2005 Glyndebourne has undertaken a wide programme of activity to reduce its environmental footprint, including the launch of an on-site wind turbine that since commission has produced, on average, the equivalent of 103% of the organisation’s annual electricity needs.

Public booking for Festival 2018 opens at 6.00pm on Sunday 4 March 2018.